Mashiko ceramics originated from Ohtsu-sawa where a potter named Keizaburo Otsuka found clay and built a kiln to bake it in the 19th century. Then at the beginning of the 20th century, Shoji Hamada decided to build a kiln in Mashiko to try his hand at ceramics. Since then the number of potters have been increasing, with now more than 380 ceramists just out of Mashiko.
Every spring and autumn there’s a ceramics fair that attracts more than 300,000 visitors where potters such as Shoji Hamada can display their work. Visitors can also try their hand at making pottery and painting as well!